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15:00 Sandown 07 Dec 2019

Betfair Tingle Creek Chase

Grade 1 | Class 1 | 4YO plus

Winner £84,405 - 8 declared to run

1m 7f 119y

Hurdle: heavy-soft in places; chase: soft-good to soft in places

Draw Advantage: None

Weather: Mostly Cloudy

Forecast: Mostly Cloudy

Temperature: 7.8° - 10.3°

Rainfall: none

Wind: 5.8 mph S

Mostly Cloudy

Last Update: 06/12/2019 17:00x

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
1211-21
i T

Defi Du Seuil (FR) 20

b g Voix Du Nord - Quarvine Du Seuil (Lavirco)

Course: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
C has a 50% or better record at this course
C
Distance: 7 runs, 4 wins, 1 place, 57.14%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 6 runs, 5 wins, 0 places, 83.33%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 13 runs, 8 wins, 1 place, 61.54%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
6 11-7
163

Excellent novice chase campaign last term and recent defeat of Politologue in 2m Cheltenham Grade 2 on return augurs well for his prospects at the highest level this winter. Leading claims.

Has won seven hurdle races, a NH flat race and four chases from 1m 4f to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to soft. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase when 11-8fav in the Group 2 Shloer Chase at Cheltenham over 2m (soft) last month, beating Politologue by 1 1/4l.

Excellent novice chase campaign last term and recent defeat of Politologue in 2m Cheltenham Grade 2 on return augurs well for his prospects at the highest level this winter. Leading claims.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 16 11 1 68.8%
Chase 7 4 1 57.1%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 1 1 0 100%
D Distance 7 4 1 57.1%
G Similar Going 6 5 0 83.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 16 11 1 68.8%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 13 8 1 61.5%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J B J Geraghty 11 8 0 72.7%
T P J Hobbs 16 11 1 68.8%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
2315-12
i T

Dolos (FR) 32

b g Kapgarde - Redowa (Trempolino)

Course and Distance: 3 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 33.33%
CD has previously won at this course and distance

Course: 3 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 33.33%
C has previously won at this course

Distance: 13 runs, 3 wins, 6 places, 23.08%
D has previously won at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 10 runs, 1 win, 6 places, 10%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 21 runs, 5 wins, 9 places, 23.81%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 8 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
6 11-7 t
158

Very smart chaser who won Kempton handicap in good style in May. Good return to action when second in Haldon Gold up at Exeter a month ago but he has a bit to find at this level.

Winner of two hurdle races and three chases from 1m 7f to 2m 3f on ground varying from good to soft. Beaten 2 1/4l by Janika when second of 6 at 9-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter over 2m 1f (soft) last month.

Very smart chaser who won Kempton handicap in good style in May. Good return to action when second in Haldon Gold up at Exeter a month ago but he has a bit to find at this level.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 23 5 11 21.7%
Chase 12 3 5 25%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 3 1 2 33.3%
C Course 3 1 2 33.3%
D Distance 13 3 6 23.1%
G Similar Going 10 1 6 10%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 21 5 9 23.8%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 8 0 2 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harry Skelton 0 0 0 -
T P F Nicholls 22 5 10 22.7%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
1/2224-1
i T

Janika (FR) 32

b g Saddler Maker - Majaka (Kapgarde)

Similar Going: 4 runs, 1 win, 3 places, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 4 runs, 1 win, 3 places, 25%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Simon Rowlands
Simon has four selections plus analysis online for Aintree and Sandown on Saturday.
SR
6 11-7
166

Has some very strong handicap form since coming over from France, improving again to land 17.5f Haldon Gold Cup on return. Bare 2m a slight worry but he's capable of making presence felt in Grade 1.

Winner of a hurdle race and four chases from 2m 1f to 2m 6f on ground varying from good to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase when 5-2fav in the Group 2 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter over 2m 1f (soft) last month, beating Dolos by 2 1/4l.

Has some very strong handicap form since coming over from France, improving again to land 17.5f Haldon Gold Cup on return. Bare 2m a slight worry but he's capable of making presence felt in Grade 1.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 13 5 7 38.5%
Chase 9 4 5 44.4%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 4 1 3 25%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 15 5 9 33.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 4 1 3 25%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J James Bowen 0 0 0 -
T N J Henderson 5 1 4 20%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
22F1-P2
i T

Ornua (IRE) 28

ch g Mahler - Merry Heart (Broken Hearted)

Course and Distance: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
CD has previously placed at this course and distance

Course: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course

Distance: 13 runs, 6 wins, 2 places, 46.15%
D has previously won at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 6 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
Class: 10 runs, 2 wins, 4 places, 20%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-7
154

Smart novice chaser last term, including Aintree Grade 1 success in April. Satisfactory return to action when second at Naas last month but he will need to advance his form to trouble a few of these.

Winner of two hurdle races, four chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on good ground. Beaten 10l by Cilaos Emery when second of 4 at 10-3 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Poplar Square Chase at Naas over 2m (soft - heavy) last month.

Smart novice chaser last term, including Aintree Grade 1 success in April. Satisfactory return to action when second at Naas last month but he will need to advance his form to trouble a few of these.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 18 6 6 33.3%
Chase 11 4 4 36.4%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 0 1 0%
C Course 1 0 1 0%
D Distance 13 6 2 46.2%
G Similar Going 6 0 2 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 20 7 6 35%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 10 2 4 20%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Aidan Coleman 0 0 0 -
T H de Bromhead 18 6 6 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
14422-2
i T

Politologue (FR) 20

gr g Poliglote - Scarlet Row (Turgeon)

Course and Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
CD has a 50% or better record at this course and distance

Course: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
C has a 50% or better record at this course

Distance: 7 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 28.57%
D has previously won at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 13 runs, 5 wins, 3 places, 38.46%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 6 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 33.33%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap and a hood

Tongue Strap: 7 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 28.57%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap

Hood: 9 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 33.33%
HG has previously won wearing a hood
HG
Class: 19 runs, 7 wins, 3 places, 36.84%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-7 t h
166 WS2

Won this in 2017 and as good as ever when runner-up in Champion Chase in March. Good second to Defi de Seuil on Cheltenham return and meets him on 3 lb better terms now. Trainer won this 10 times.

Has won two hurdle races and eight chases from 1m 7f to 2m 6f on ground varying from good to heavy. Beaten 1 1/4l by Defi Du Seuil when second of 4 at 5-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 Shloer Chase at Cheltenham over 2m (soft) last month.

Won this in 2017 and as good as ever when runner-up in Champion Chase in March. Good second to Defi de Seuil on Cheltenham return and meets him on 3 lb better terms now. Trainer won this 10 times.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 23 10 3 43.5%
Chase 18 8 3 44.4%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 1 0 100%
C Course 1 1 0 100%
D Distance 7 2 1 28.6%
G Similar Going 13 5 3 38.5%
Headgear
HG Today (T & H) 6 2 2 33.3%
HG Hood 9 3 2 33.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 19 7 3 36.8%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J H Cobden 5 2 2 40%
T P F Nicholls 22 9 3 40.9%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
1/14232-
i T

Sceau Royal (FR) 224

b g Doctor Dino - Sandside (Marchand De Sable)

Course and Distance: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
CD has previously won at this course and distance

Course: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
C has previously won at this course

Distance: 18 runs, 10 wins, 4 places, 55.56%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 12 runs, 4 wins, 3 places, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 15 runs, 4 wins, 4 places, 26.67%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
7 11-7
164

Excellent third (Politologue second) in Champion Chase in March and bumped into Altior again when second in C&D Grade 1 final start. Good record fresh and Jacob prefers him to Janika.

Has won six hurdle races and five chases from 1m 7f to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to soft. Beaten 2 1/2l by Altior when second of 5 at 10-3 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase over this course and distance (good) in April.

Excellent third (Politologue second) in Champion Chase in March and bumped into Altior again when second in C&D Grade 1 final start. Good record fresh and Jacob prefers him to Janika.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 25 12 5 48%
Chase 9 5 3 55.6%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 3 1 1 33.3%
C Course 3 1 1 33.3%
D Distance 18 10 4 55.6%
G Similar Going 12 4 3 33.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 26 12 6 46.2%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 15 4 4 26.7%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J D A Jacob 20 10 4 50%
T A King 23 11 5 47.8%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7
211/25-1
i T

Un De Sceaux (FR) 221

b g Denham Red - Hotesse De Sceaux (April Night)

Course and Distance: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
CD has previously won at this course and distance

Course: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
C has previously won at this course

Distance: 16 runs, 12 wins, 3 places, 75%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 16 runs, 12 wins, 1 place, 75%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 22 runs, 15 wins, 4 places, 68.18%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
11 11-7
171

Ten-time Grade 1 winner over fences, including this in 2016. Runner-up to Altior last year and showed he's still as good ever when successful at Punchestown when last seen in the spring.

Has won eight hurdle races, two NH flat races and 13 chases from 1m 4f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft - heavy. A winner at 11-4 in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 BoyleSports Champion Chase at Punchestown over 2m (yielding) on his latest outing in April, beating Min by 4l.

Ten-time Grade 1 winner over fences, including this in 2016. Runner-up to Altior last year and showed he's still as good ever when successful at Punchestown when last seen in the spring.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 29 20 4 69%
Chase 21 13 4 61.9%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 3 1 1 33.3%
C Course 3 1 1 33.3%
D Distance 16 12 3 75%
G Similar Going 16 12 1 75%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 29 20 4 69%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 22 15 4 68.2%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J P Townend 6 3 2 50%
T W P Mullins 29 20 4 69%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
8
111/U23-
i T

Waiting Patiently (IRE) 246

b g Flemensfirth - Rossavon (Beneficial)

Distance: 3 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 66.67%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 5 runs, 4 wins, 0 places, 80%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 7 runs, 4 wins, 1 place, 57.14%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
8 11-7 p
165

Impressive winner of 2018 Ascot Chase. Things haven't gone to plan in a light career since but he still has time on his side. Drops back to 2m for this reappearance.

Winner of a hurdle race and six chases from 2m to 2m 5f on good to soft and soft ground. Third of 6 behind Min beaten 29l at 9-4 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 JLT Chase at Aintree over 2m 4f (soft) in April.

Impressive winner of 2018 Ascot Chase. Things haven't gone to plan in a light career since but he still has time on his side. Drops back to 2m for this reappearance.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 12 7 3 58.3%
Chase 9 6 1 66.7%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 3 2 1 66.7%
G Similar Going 5 4 0 80%
Headgear
Today (P only) 1 0 0 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 7 4 1 57.1%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J B S Hughes 9 6 1 66.7%
T Ruth Jefferson 4 1 1 25%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

At The Races Verdict

DEFI DU SEUIL accounted for Politologue (second) in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham last month and is fancied to confirm that form here for Philip Hobbs. The versatile six-year-old proved 20 days ago that he has enough pace to cope with two miles, and probably has the most scope for improvement in this field at the age of just six. Un De Sceaux has had a magnificent career and showed that he had no intention of slowing down when landing Grade 1 honours at Punchestown in April, while Sceau Royal would appreciate drying ground and could be overpriced given his impressive record fresh.

Timeform Verdict

An interesting renewal featuring 2 previous winners. However, the vote goes to one tackling this race for the first time, with DEFI DU SEUIL taken to confirm last month's Cheltenham superiority over Politologue. Paul Nicholls' charge should go well as he bids to land this for the second time but it could be that a bigger threat emerges from 2016 scorer Un De Sceaux.

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Previous winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2018 Soft 4 Altior 8 11 7 - 111-111 224 days N Henderson (60 miles) Nico De Boinville 8/ 13 4:03.40
2017 Good to Soft 6 Politologue 6 11 7 - 1214F-1 32 days P Nicholls (111 miles) Harry Cobden 7/ 2 3:55.00
2016 Good to Soft 6 Un De Sceaux 8 11 7 - F122-16 174 days W P Mullins Ruby Walsh 5/ 4 3:51.05
2015 Good to Soft 7 Sire De Grugy 9 11 7 - 1U14F-5 32 days G L Moore (28 miles) Jamie Moore 10/ 3 3:54.00
2014 Soft 10 Dodging Bullets 6 11 7 - 11245-3 20 days P Nicholls (111 miles) Sam Twiston-Davies 9/ 1 4:01.60
2013 Good 9 Sire De Grugy 7 11 7 - 1411-12 20 days G L Moore (28 miles) Jamie Moore 7/ 4 3:52.45
2012 Soft 7 Sprinter Sacre 6 11 7 - 3-11111 238 days N Henderson (60 miles) B J Geraghty 4/ 11 4:00.70
2011 Good to Soft 7 Sizing Europe 9 11 7 - 231-212 28 days H De Bromhead A Lynch 11/ 8 4:01.00
2010 Good to Soft 9 Master Minded 7 11 7 - 11314-1 21 days P Nicholls (111 miles) Noel Fehily 10/ 11 4:01.10
2009 Soft 5 Twist Magic 7 11 7 - F6F1-13 32 days P Nicholls (111 miles) Ruby Walsh 9/ 4 4:02.60

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